As I was digging through some old emails this morning, I came across a note I had saved back in May of 2011 that someone left on my post about loving your job and saving money. Something we all dream about and are hopefully getting close to, but a goal that not always pans out :(
I used to think all jobs suck if you’re not crazy excited about them, but the truth is money is money and they DO play vital roles in helping us survive. Which is the basis of this quote I’m glad I found again!
“Not everybody can, or wants, to be passionate about their job. To some, a job is just a job. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”
It came from my friend Krystal over at Give Me Back My Five Bucks, and ever since it’s been in the back of my head. Sure, THESE days I’m “living the dream” and doing what I love blogging to y’all, but it hasn’t always been the case.
Up until recently I simply worked for one reason and one reason only: Money.
And while it’s a mixture of both business and pleasure for me now, the paycheck is still of course an important factor. If I look back to my list of all 40 jobs I’ve had since being on this Earth, almost all of them were a means to an end. Once the clock hit 5 or my shift ended, I was out that door and didn’t think about work again until the next time I was in! A far cry from now when it’s constantly on my mind because THE INTERNET NEVER SLEEPS :)
And I’m betting most people feel the same way too. Work = Money. Nothing more, nothing less. YES, we’d all rather be working on our passion projects/careers and feel all the warm and fuzzies every day, but most times we just power through and grab those paychecks at the end of the cycle… Hoping it’ll get easier, and better, as time goes on.
This probably isn’t new to most of you, but I felt like it was a good reminder since I rarely go down this path on the blog here. We’re always talking about awesome hustles and chasing those dream goals of ours, but it’s important to remember that we often have to wade through some $hit to get there too. And even when you do make it it can still be a struggle.
So if I’ve ever came across uppity or blasé towards the old 9-5, I duly apologize. Krystal definitely has it right here – there’s nothing wrong with simply taking a job for the money and getting on with our lives. There’s plenty of ways to be happy outside of our day job, and as long as your goals are being met then more power to you! Now if you hate your job AND you’re living paycheck to paycheck, well, that’s a whole other story…
There’s plenty of ways to hit our goals, and I do hope you’re getting closer by the day :)
If anyone wants to share their own experiences working a crap job and being okay with it, we’d love to hear about it! And by “crap” I don’t mean being a sanitation worker, though you wouldn’t be the first in that line of work to comment at all ;) Happy weekend!
PS: Here’s a good “would you rather” question we once did around this stuff: Dream job or Money?
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Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!